Well I have successfully pulled off my first 100 mile run week, it was too bad. My break down was this:
Monday: 20 miles @ 6:41 pace & 3 miles @ 9:00 pace
Tuesday: 10 miles @ 8:00 pace
Wednesday: 18 miles @ 6:30 pace
Thursday: 10 miles @ 8:00 pace
Friday: 16 miles @ 6:20 pace & 3 miles @ 9:30 pace
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 13.1 Miles @ 7:30 pace & 7 miles @ 8:34 pace
The key to doing this kind of running volume for me was the recovery after the runs, which included my recovery runs, nutrition, stretching, and massaging. In the past I have done 80-90 mile weeks but by the time I finished on Sunday my legs ware in extreme aching pain. This week was much different, by Sunday I was perfectly fine, not saying I could run a PR marathon but I was completely ache-free. My revolution in my ache-free legs was most likely caused by three major changes I made to my training two weeks ago. As of right now I am still testing these changes and I’ll post more when I see the results of the Boston Marathon in three weeks. However, in this last minute ditch effort to train, the results so far have been very positive.
Lastly, not only was yesterday the day I finished my first 100 mile week it was also a celebration of six years since my first half marathon. Oddly enough I took on a pacing gig yesterday at the race I first ran 13.1 miles. Then to top it off when I got home I received my Boston Marathon packet in the mail. This all reminded me of how far I had come in six years, from not being able to run one mile to qualifying for the Boston Marathon. The whole journey over six years has been great and I have loved every moment of it.
With the First day of spring and little under a month to go till the Boston marathon I am feeling pretty positive. 2017 is my year away from the IRONMAN, it allows me to reconnect with friends and family and essentially save for my next races. Wanting to win is not cheap by any means I’ve found out. Even during my off time, I will set miniature goals to keep me energized, this week I’ll attempt to run my first 100 miles in one week. I believe the hardest part is not finding the time but being able recover your legs fastest and muscles enough. Nonetheless it’s a great goal to have going into the Boston Marathon and Mountains2Beach marathon (I got bribed into pacing 3:03:00). For now that is all, just finished my first run of the 100 miles, 20 miles @ 6:51 pace.
Oh yes, shout to Oscar who leaves tomorrow to do the Rome Marathon! Cheers!
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